Pellet Grill Pork Ribs

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This is my tried and true method for the best pellet grill pork ribs! If you’re new to smoking meats or cooking on a Traeger (or any pellet grill), you’ve come to the right place! We will walk you through the 3-2-1 method for making some of the best smoked ribs you’ve ever had!

What is the 3-2-1 method?

Simply put, the 3-2-1 method is a “best odds” process for making delicious BBQ ribs that remain moist and tender after a long cooking time. It breaks down like this:

3 hours of smoking time.

2 hours wrapped in foil (or butcher paper) and placed back onto the grill.

1 hour unwrapped and back onto the grill. 

A total cook time of 6 hours.

Some things to consider before cooking: 

Make sure you have enough fuel to get you through a 6 hour cook time. There is nothing worse than running out of fuel right in the middle of cooking. 

What flavor profile are you looking to achieve? Do you want a smokier rack of ribs or something more mellow? And, would you like these ribs sauced or served without sauce? 

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What you’ll need to make pellet grill pork ribs:

  • 2 racks of St. Louis cut ribs 
  • 2/3 cup of my Pitmaster BBQ Rib Rub OR my Pitmaster Honey Rub
  • 2 tablespoons of either: mustard, margarine, or oifor each rack of ribs
  • 3/4 cup Apple juice (1/4 cup for wrapping each rack of ribs, 1/4 cup for spritzing)
  • Cider vinegar (1/4 cup for spritzing)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, or 1/4 cup for each rack of ribs (for wrapping)
  • 1/4 cup butter, or 2 tablespoons per each rack of ribs (for wrapping)
  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce or rib candy (if planning to sauce the ribs)

Pellet grill pork ribs step by step guide:

Set your pellet grill for 225 degrees F., keep the lid closed until it comes to temperature. I recommend using cherry, apple, maple, or mesquite pellets for this recipe.

Place ribs on a large cutting board and remove membranes from the back. Use a knife to separate it off the edge, get a good grip, and carefully pull it away. Use a paper towel if it becomes too slippery. Trim off any large knobs of fat or loose meat hanging off of the ribs.

Flip the ribs over so that the flesh side is exposed. Combine rub ingredients and set aside. You’ll need 1/3 of a cup of my Pitmaster rib rub per rack of ribs.

You have a few options here. You can spread 2 tablespoons of oil, margarine, or mustard on each rack of ribs before applying the rub, or you can skip this step entirely and apply the rub directly onto the meat. I like to use mustard because it adds a nice layer of flavor to these pellet grill pork ribs. Don’t worry; it won’t make the ribs taste like mustard once they cook! 

Remember to season both sides of the ribs. 

Place the ribs bone side down onto the grill grates, close the lid, and let them cook for 3 hours at 225 degrees F.

Optional step:

Combine apple juice with cider vinegar and pour into a clean, food-safe spray bottle—Spritz ribs after 2 hours of cooking time. Do not spritz ribs before then. We want a nice bark to form, and spritzing too early can prevent this from happening.

After 3 hours of cooking time:

  1. Remove ribs from your pellet grill, and place each rack onto a large sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. Add a 1/4 cup apple juice, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of chopped butter to each rack.
  3. Seal them up in the aluminum foil and return them to the grill for another 2 hours, at 225 degrees F.

After the 2 hours are up, unwrap the ribs, and place them back onto the grill. Let them finish cooking for an additional 60 minutes. If you plan on saucing the ribs (purely optional), this is the time to do it. Apply a thin layer of sauce to the ribs every 15 minutes until the ribs are done. The sauce will be good and caramelized.

Photo by: Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com

 

Remove ribs once they reach an internal temperature of 205 degrees F. 

Place the smoked ribs onto a clean cutting board, tent with foil, and let them rest for 20 minutes. Cut into individual ribs with a sharp knife. Keep in mind that these pellet grill pork ribs will be quite tender, so cutting them might take a little patience, but it’s well worth it! 

Pellet Grill Pork Ribs

Pellet Grill Pork Ribs

This is a phenomenal recipe for barbecued pork ribs cooked right on your pellet grill. It’s easy and will yield great results every time.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: bbq pork ribs, pellet grill recipes, pellet grill ribs, pork rib recipes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 1123kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 racks pork ribs St. Louis cut preferred
  • 1/2-2/3 cup Pitmaster BBQ Rib Rub
  • 1/4 cup softened margarine, yellow mustard, or oil optional (2 tablespoons per rack)
  • 3/4 cup apple juice 1/4 cup for spritz, 1/2 cup for wrapping
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar for wrapping (1/4 cup per each rack of ribs)
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine for wrapping (2 tablespoons per each rack of ribs)
  • Small spray bottle
  • Aluminum foil 2 large sheets

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Set the pellet cooker for 225 degrees F., keep the lid closed until it comes up to temp. I recommend using cherry, apple, maple or mesquite pellets for this recipe.
  • Place ribs on a large cutting board and remove membrane from the back. Use a knife to separate it off the edge, get a good grip, and carefully pull it away. Use a paper towel if it becomes too slippery. Trim away large knobs of fat or loose pieces of meat.
  • Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl. You'll need 1/2-2/3 cup for both racks of ribs.
  • You have a few options here. You can spread 2 tablespoons each of either margarine, yellow mustard or oil on the ribs before applying the rub. You can skip this step entirely and apply the rub directly onto the meat. Either way, season the rib well!
  • Place ribs bone side down in the grill and let them go for 3 hours at 225 degrees F.
  • Optional step: Combine apple juice with cider vinegar and pour into a clean, food safe spray bottle—Spritz ribs after 2 hours into cooking time.
  • After 3 hours of cooking time, remove ribs and place each rack onto a large sheet of aluminum foil. Add 1/4 cup of apple juice, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter to each rack of ribs, seal them up and return them to the grill for another 2 hours.
  • After the 2 hours are up, unwrap ribs, place them back onto the grill, and let them finish cooking for an additional 60 minutes. If you plan on saucing the ribs, this is the time to do it. Apply a thin layer of sauce to the ribs every 15 minutes until done. The sauce should be nice and caramelized.
  • Remove ribs once they reach an internal temperature of 205 degrees F. Place them onto a clean cutting board, tent with foil and let them rest for 20 minutes. Cut into individual ribs with a sharp knife and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 6servings | Calories: 1123kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 88g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Monounsaturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 263mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1094IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 10mg

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